Transforming the Lived Experience of Individuals Receiving Medical Reconditioning through a Hatha Yoga Program Provided in an In-Patient Setting: A Collaborative and Tailored Approach.
Introduction: The purpose of this study was to evaluate a specialized yoga intervention for inpatients in a rehabilitation and complex continuing care hospital.
Design: Single-cohort repeated measures design.
Methods: Participants (N = 10) admitted to a rehabilitation and complex continuing care hospital were recruited to participate in a 50–60 min. Hatha Yoga class (modified for wheelchair users/seated position) once a week for eight weeks, with assigned homework practice. Questionnaires on pain (pain, pain interference, and pain catastrophizing), psychological variables (depression, anxiety, and experiences with injustice), mindfulness, self-compassion, and spiritual well-being were collected at three intervals: pre-, mid-, and post-intervention.
Results: Repeated measures ANOVAs revealed a significant main effect of time indicating improvements over the course of the yoga program on the (1) anxiety subscale of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, F(2,18) = 4.74, p < .05, and ηp2 = .35, (2) Self-Compassion Scale-Short Form, F(2,18) = 3.71, p < .05, and ηp2 = .29, and (3) Magnification subscale of the Pain Catastrophizing Scale, F(2,18) = 3. 66, p < .05, and ηp2 = .29.
Discussion: The results suggest that an 8-week Hatha Yoga program improves pain-related factors and psychological experiences in individuals admitted to a rehabilitation and complex continuing care hospital.
NOTE: This project was conducted at Bridgepoint Active Health Care, Toronto, Canada, from October-December, 2014.
LINK TO FULL ARTICLE: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5223015/
Peer Reviewed Journal Publication:
Curtis, K., Kuluski, K., Bechsaard, G., Ridgway, &, Katz, J. (2016). Evaluation of a
Specialized Yoga Program for In-Patients at a Complex Care Facility: A Pilot Study. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 6267879.
Published Abstract Resulting from Poster Presentation at an International Conference:
Curtis, K., Stoliker, C., Bechsgaard, G., Kuluski, K., & J., Katz, J. (2016). Evaluation of a Specialized Yoga Program for In-Patients at a Complex Care Facility: A Pilot Study. [Abstract]. International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 26, Supplement 2, pg. 22-39.Poster presented at the Symposium on Yoga Research, Massachusetts, USA. September, 2016.